Saturday, March 12, 2005

Library Begins Loaning iPod Shuffles.

The South Huntington Public Library on Long Island NY is conducting a very cool experiment. They are loaning out the new iPod shuffle for use with audio books. The program has the opportunity to save the library lots of money because most titles on CD run $75, but purchasing them from the iTunes Music Store only costs $15-$25.

This is a pretty smart idea that will probably take off in other libraries. My wife is on the library board in our home town... I may have to suggest this idea to her.

WIRED Article


Canadian Jetsgo Grounded

Jetsgo ceased operations yesterday grounding 17,000 travelers in Canada. Most analysts believe that the company will never fly again.

CBC Coverage

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Iotum Corporation

My brother's company, Iotum, was featured in the Ottawa Business Journal today as a startup to watch in 2005.

He is working on applications that will help manage telephone calls using context to help identify the interuptions that fall within your priorities, not the priorities of others. Its pretty interesting stuff.

"The pain that we a trying to solve is that we live in a huge interrupt driven world. What our application does is add context to incoming calls: It identifies the who, what, where, when, why and how of every call and then it routes and manages every caller according to that information and your preferences. You'll never have to worry about telemarketers again. – Alec Saunders, CEO"

Colorado Business Committee for the Arts

Today I attended the CBCA's awards luncheon where the business community, who support the arts, are awarded for being positive forces for the arts in a variety of ways. There were about 400 folks from the arts and business community--a good turnout for a Thursday afternoon.

The chair of WESTAF, Len Edgerly, was in attendance--he is a writer and a technophile--and we got to talking about bluetooth and blogs. Turns out he has been blogging himself, writing about his travels, literature, and his thoughts. It is well worth the time to spend some time visiting with him virtually.

What about the CBCA? The work they do is important for Colorado's cultural sector. They encourge the sybiosis between arts and business. And for a fella that makes his living from the arts industry, this is a good thing.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Karaoke for the Deaf

This is wrong in so very many ways.

Karaoke for the Deaf


Sunday, March 06, 2005

First Spring Flowers

The first spring flowers have poked up in our front flower beds. Silly plants, don't they know that in Colorado there is bound to be at least one more heavy snow? Ah well, it gives me hope of warm spring days!

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